Koresh: Twenty for Twenty

The Koresh Dance Company celebrated their 20th anniversary at The Haas Center for the Arts on Saturday.

“Twenty dances for twenty years,” was the theme for The Koresh Dance Company’s performance Saturday night. The eleven member dance company, including Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector, took the stage at the Haas Center for the Arts at Bloomsburg University as a Celebrity Artist Series event.  The company was celebrating their 20th anniversary. The company executed twenty different pieces, choreographed by Ronen Koresh, to represent each year.

The company began the show by performing an excerpt from “Standing in Tears,” which was originally performed in 2005. Every piece offered something different. The styles of the pieces were based mostly around a contemporary style of dance, and there seemed to be a story being told through the dancing in each piece. There were three excerpts from “Looking Back: The Music of the 40s & 50s,” that showed a man begging for a woman to take him back. He was later joined by the rest of the male cast when the woman left him with nothing but a duffle bag.

Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Ronen “Roni” Koresh. Roni, originally from Israel, immigrated to the United States in 1983 to further his dance career. He settled in Philadelphia a year later, and opened the doors to the Koresh School of Dance in 1993. The studio is located in Center City and offers over 60 classes a week. Whether you’re an adult, child, beginner or professional, there’s a class for you. The class styles that are offered are modern, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop and tap, and range in level from beginner to advanced.

The second half of the show started with the full company performing a piece titled “Carousel,” which dates back to 1992. The company closed the show with a piece from this year titled “Balero.” The piece lasted for more than five minutes, but the company performed with the same intensity as they did in the first piece of the show.

The show was just entertaining as it was technical from beginning to end. The dancers put all of their energy and effort into every move, and it didn’t go unnoticed. A standing ovation was given at the end by the audience as the dancers took their final bows. Koresh has now finished their tour, and will take the stage again Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2012 back home in Philadelphia at the Suzanne Roberts Theater.

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